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The Mostly Good News Day

After a stressful few weeks of nail-biting, I met with the surgeon today to go over the results of the biopsy I had last week. The tests showed that the tissue was benign! I was so relieved, and Tom was, too. (I bet my pulse went back to something more normal than the 106 the nurse measured when she took my blood pressure.)

The Test Results Were Benign!

 

This good news was tempered by the surgeon’s concern about the shape and firmness of the mass in my breast. He said that normal cysts are generally pretty round with well-defined edges. My lump is not. It’s rather irregular and hard to the touch. He said we had three options:
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I Got Stabbed Twice in the Chest for Some Chocolate

Just to be clear, I was not the victim of a violent crime. What I had done to me on Friday was a stereotactic biopsy of my right breast after my abnormal mammogram the previous week. This is what I needed to get done for my second opinion from the surgeon, who I still have not met.

A stereotactic biopsy is considered a non-invasive procedure (more on that later) in which they compress your breast with the mammography machine before using a needle to take samples of the suspicious tissue so they can send these samples to the lab for testing. I suppose it’s less invasive than going in surgically and cutting out a chunk of your breast to see what’s going on in there, but they are still jabbing a needle into your breast. If you’ve ever been punched in the boob, you can sympathize with what I will be describing here.

I’d asked my mom if she would drive me, and she arrived with my grandma and my sister-in-law Meghan in tow. They were to be my entourage for the event. All of the people at the imaging place thought this was great that I had so much support. (If they only knew about all my Facebook well wishers!)

I got a more stylish half-gown this time.

Half-Gown Selfie Before My Biopsy

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I’m a Polyvore Addict | Fandom Friday

Once I started playing around on Polyvore, it was already too late. Suddenly, I could create beautiful things, when once I had a terrible time making anything visual that looked anywhere near the way I wanted it to look in my head. I’ve made some sets I’m really proud of. Here, let me share some of them with you:

Awkward Anna | Frozen
Good Girl Sandy (Grease)

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My First Mammogram: Lumpy and Bumpy

There’s a lump in my breast. There’s a lump. in. my. breast.

This is a thought that has been plaguing my mind for the last few weeks. I wanted to schedule my appointment to see my GYN as soon as I got back from the Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, but circumstances conspired to keep this from happening. But I finally called last week two weeks ago after bursting into tears and telling my husband about it, and my appointment was this morning last Thursday.

Let me tell you how much it sucks to see all of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month stuff decorating your gynecologist’s office when you’re afraid that’s what you might have.

While I do have a “primary” doctor at the practice, I prefer to see one of the FNP-BCs in the practice. Bonnie was really great with me, and sent orders over to Capital Imaging so I could call and schedule an appointment for My First MammogramTM and a diagnostic ultrasound. Since my birthday next month puts me closer to 40 than 30, she figured it’s not a bad idea to get a baseline mammogram anyways, and the ultrasound just to be sure that nothing’s hiding in there. She said my breast tissue is fibrocystic, especially on the right, where I had my concerns, so the ultrasound would help see through what was normal to find anything that might be abnormal.

When I got home, I called the imaging place, and the woman on the end of the line apologized because she didn’t have any openings until Monday. But then she asked me to hold, and when she came back, she said, “Can you come in now?” I said yes and jumped back into the van.

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Anger is Anxiety is Anger is Depression

You find yourself shaking. Physically shaking. What’s going to happen? What are the consequences? Should you say something? Maybe you should rehearse that conversation in your head a few more times. Prepare for every possible response you can think of. Know how you’re going to handle every possibility. It’s nerve-wracking. You can’t screw this up. It’s important to you. If only your heart would stop racing…

Sound familiar?

Anger = Anxiety = Anger = Depression

One of the things I’ve discussed with my psychiatrist over the years is that repressed anger can manifest as either anxiety or depression. Or both. I think Yoda had something to say about this path leading to the Dark Side, too.

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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson | Fandom Friday

As an attempt to “get my geek on” more often on my blog, I’m starting a feature called Fandom Friday, which let’s me share all of the things I love with my readers for no other reason than the sheer joy of it. (It’s also an excuse to legitimize the time I spend on Polyvore.) My first Fandom Friday feature here is dedicated to the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.

The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

My intent for Fandom Friday is not to spoil anything for people who are unfamiliar with the material. I’ll stick primarily to comments that could be found on book covers and in reviews by critics. With that in mind…

Mistborn Features an Amazing Female Protagonist

I almost wrote that Mistborn features a strong female protagonist, but the adjective felt wrong. As someone who believes in feminism, I understand there is a tendency to look for “strong” female characters who are pretty unflappable. What I like about Vin, our heroine in Mistborn, is that she is a flawed character. She is a powerful woman, but she has baggage from a terrible childhood in this dystopian society she grew up in. She is unsure of herself, has bouts of depression, and has a lot of the same problems you might expect from a 17 year old girl living among men and boys. And of course, there’s her mark and love interest, Elend Venture. Yes, I said mark. Did I mention she starts out as a con artist? But none of the things that might be construed as weaknesses detract from her wholeness as a character. Instead, they make her three-dimensional, which can be difficult to accomplish in a fantasy series with an ensemble cast.

Allomancy: An Original System of Magic

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I Wear Pink for #AmandasArmy

Everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and everything out there is turning pink. Polyvore is running a site-wide design contest in honor of the occasion, and this was my entry. (Ahoy, there be affiliate links below!)

I Wear Pink for #AmandasArmy

 


J tomson
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Walking shoes
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Silicone jewelry
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Accessorize bowler hat
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A friend and fellow blogger, Amanda Henson, was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in 2014. #AmandasArmy was formed to support Amanda and her family through this despicable disease. Amanda is kicking cancer’s ass!

The Open Hearts necklace is available from Studio Jewel, where $20 from the sale of each necklace goes directly to Amanda and her family.

This also goes out to every woman and every family who has been touched by breast cancer – and all cancers, for that matter. Do your self-exams. Visit your doctor(s) regularly. Get checked out. Follow up.

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Blogger Town Hall Meeting #TypeACon 2014

Blogger Town Hall Meeting

The Blogger Town Hall Meeting has always been one of the highlights of the Type-A Parent Conference, and I can’t imagine it will be any different this year.

Kelby is starting us with a few announcements, but she’s getting really emotional about how much this part of the conference means to her. Soon after the conference, association.typeaparent.com will be going into public beta. Kelby asked the founding members to stand up, and I was proud to be one of them.

Next year’s Type-A Parent Conference will be right here at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia from October 9-11, 2015.

Instead of a second Bootcamp next year, there will be multiple but extremely small (~20 people) “super summits” in Asheville, North Carolina. “There may be wine drunk and chocolate eaten.”

This is an open mic event. Say what’s on your mind, but don’t be rude.

How do we feel about blog comment circles?

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Professionalism and Ethics in New Media

We’re here now with Jen ReevesMelanie Nelson, and Sarah Pinnix to talk about a sometimes touchy subject in our industry: professionalism and ethics.

Professionalism and Ethics in New Media

“We don’t want to insult. We want honesty. We don’t want to point fingers…”

What Should You Consider Before You Agree on a Relationship?

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Morning Keynote: The Power of IRL | Thom Singer #TypeACon 2014

The Power of IRL

I was speaking with Thom Singer “The Conference Catalyst” briefly before his keynote began, and he told me another attendee had commented to him earlier that she was tired. He said that’s okay, because he’s going to wake us all up – hopefully in a good, non-obnoxious way. His energy level is pretty high, so hopefully that helps a crowd that has been becoming increasingly exhausted as the conference goes on. (So much to learn, so many people to see! Such limited time to do it!) Thom is working the room before speaking, so the IRL has already begun!

The Power of IRL

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